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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
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Profiles In Safety:
Thinking On Your Feet

What do ISM (Integrated Safety Management) and a ballerina have in common? Movement that is planned and well rehearsed, with balance and precision. Ron Acord, Industrial Hygienist for Construction Health, makes safety an integral part of the way he performs work. He compares it to a ballerina taking her cue on stage during a performance. More>

Facilities: Cafeteria to Close Dec. 14 to Jan. 12

To accommodate the installation of new flooring in the kitchen, serving, and self-service areas, the cafeteria and Peet’s Coffee Bar will be closed from Monday, Dec. 14, to Tuesday, Jan. 12. The Facilities Division is in discussion with various catering truck services to provide food during the shutdown. Results of the discussion and information on service hours will appear in TABL when confirmed.

World of Science: Launches a New Website

interactoions logoThe InterAction collaboration of particle physics communicators, whose members represent the world's particle physics laboratories in Europe, North America and Asia (including Berkeley Lab), have launched a brand new version of the website, well timed to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the restart and first collisions of the Large Hadron Collider. Long a central resource for particle physics, the new website makes it easier to access news and information, updated daily, and an extensive image bank, blogs, a video channel (currently featuring Berkeley Lab’s recent Science at the Theater presentation, “Dark Secrets”), plus links to education and outreach programs, information about science policy and funding, and numerous other resources.

Special Event: Demonstration of Voice Recognition Software

mouthThe Lab’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking Interest Group (DIG) is organizing a demonstration of the speech recognition software program on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Building 2-100B. Chris Mantani of Zephyr-TEC will give a demonstration for those new to Dragon from noon to 12:30 p.m., and answer questions of current users from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Attendees can bring their lunch; soft drinks and dessert will be provided. Users of the speech recognition program are invited to attend monthly DIG meetings. For more information, contact Ira Janowitz (x6071). More>

Property Management: 2010 Inventory Starts Jan. 11

doe tagThe Lab’s Property Management group will launch its annual wall-to-wall inventory on Monday, Jan. 11. The Department of Energy provides equipment and materials for use by Berkeley Lab employees in their pursuit of DOE’s strategic goals. In return, the Lab must demonstrate reasonable use and care in its stewardship of these resources. The inventory will capture all tagged assets through barcode scanning and affidavits. Staff can prepare by confirming the location of assets bearing DOE tags (pictured) via the Lab Property Review website. For assistance, contact your Division Property Representative.

Employee Development: Course on Motivating Top Performance

teamScientists, operations supervisors, work leads and others in leadership positions are invited to attend a two-day course on “Fundamentals of Leading and Motivating People,” held onsite Tuesday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 9. Attendees will learn how to build a highly motivated, high-performance team through presentations on such topics as giving feedback, strategies for hiring the best talent, and time management, among others. “I learned to think about personalities as opposed to tasks, and that interacting with people can save time in the long run,” said one former participant. Registration is required (BLI0121). Cost is $300 (Division recharge).

journalsIT: New eJournals Available Through UC Berkeley Partnership

The Lab’s Library is continuing to work in partnership with the UC Berkeley Library to ensure that all Lab employees will have access to the same electronic journals and other resources as our campus colleagues. More than 70 additional eJournals have become available in the last six weeks. Go here to see these titles and to search the complete list of titles acquired to date through this partnership. You can also be notified when new titles are added by subscribing to the RSS Feed at that site.

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